Monday, December 30, 2013

The Deal is Done....

KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith-Fayetteville officially has a new owner.  Tribune Company has been approved to purchase Local TV Holdings, LLC.  “This is a historic day for Tribune and Local TV,” said Peter Liguori, Tribune’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Combining these two great media companies will deliver tremendous benefits for our viewers, advertisers, and most important, the communities we serve.  This is a transformational acquisition for Tribune, providing us with significant scale to drive our business objectives and create substantial shareholder value.”

According to the press release Tribune now owns 39 television stations across the country...including KFSM.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

One Shreveport Station Hires a New Morning Anchor....

This from the tip box:

Carly Flynn Morgan has been hired as the new morning anchor at KTBS, replacing Chrissie Coile.  Morgan was anchor/producer of the 10pm news at FOX61 in Chattanooga, TN.  

Morgan confirms the tip on her face book page.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Former Shreveport Weekend Anchor Hired in Monroe

I am a little late on this one but...former KTBS/Channel 3/Shreveport weekend anchor Judy Wagoner is on the air full-time at KTVE-10 in Monroe, LA.  Wagoner was recently hired as the co-anchor of the station's 5pm, 6pm and 10pm newscasts.  In 2011 Wagoner was hired as the weekend anchor at KTBS. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shreveport Station Repaints the Screen

KTBS/Channel 3/Shreveport is now using a new graphics package.  Below is a screenshot:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Anchors Away in Shreveport

KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport morning anchor Leslie Draffin is leaving the station.   Here's what she posted on facebook:


UPDATE: Her future plans are now official:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Goodbye Time in Northwest Arkansas

This from the tip box:

What's up with Derek Burleson?  Apparently, today (12/12) was his last day at 40-29 and he's staying in the area.  But, there was a cake and a tribute video, so he must not be moving to a competitor

Monday, December 09, 2013

Shreveport Anchor Calls It Quits

KTBS/Channel 3/Shreveport Morning anchor Chrissi Coile is calling it quits:

Sinclair/Allbritton Deal Under Scrutiny

Seems the FCC is really looking at the Sinclair buyout of Allbritton really carefully.  At issue are the stations in the Charleston, S.C., Birmingham, Ala., and Harrisburg, and agency owner rules.  TV NewsCheck reports:

"Under the deals at issue, Sinclair is proposing to take over the Allbritton ABC affiliates in those markets, spin off one of its existing stations in the markets to sidecar companies, in transactions that would give Sinclair some control over at least some operations of multiple TV stations in each market.

In a letter Friday to Sinclair, however, FCC Video Division Chief Barbara Kreisman said the way the deals were structured, Sinclair would lose grandfathered protections that it previously had that allow it to operate more than one TV station in each market through local marketing agreements. LMAs, which essentially allowed broadcasters to operate multiple stations in a market completely, are no longer legal.

“In three of the markets — Charleston, Birmingham and Harrisburg — the proposed transactions would result in the elimination of the grandfathered status of certain local marketing agreements and thus cause the transactions to violate our local TV ownership rules,” Kreisman said in her letter.

Sinclair is in the process of purchasing all the Allbritton broadcasting stations, including KATV in Little Rock.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

NWA GM Headed to Iowa

TV Spy reports Hearst owned KHBS/KHOG General Manager Brian Sather is being moved to head Hearst's CBS affiliate,KCCI/Des Moines, Iowa.  Sather has been with with KHBS/KHOG since 2010.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

KARK's First Weatherman Passes Away

Source: KARK KARK is mourning the loss of the station's first-ever weatherman.

Tom Longfellow, 89, was a true broadcaster from the industry's early years, cutting his teeth in radio (KHOZ-AM in Harrison and KARK-AM) before sinking them into the new medium of television at a time when KARK was both.

The year was 1954 when Longfellow first stepped in front of the cameras to give the forecast. His work had begun hours before in a time when computers weren't around to make it much easier.

"I'm not a meteorologist," Longfellow said in 2004 in a special KARK 50th Anniversary Special. "I used to drive to the U.S. Weather Bureau at the airport before each weather show and get briefed by the government meteorologist, and then I'd take some notes and put it in my head and then I'd race back to the studio....and I would put it in my own words." Longfellow continued, "The first weather board I ever had was a blackboard, a green blackboard and I'd draw the weather maps with the highs and lows and everything with a piece of chalk and that was it. Later it got real refined. One time we had a plexiglass weather board. I had to stand behind it and draw everything backwards and that was a real problem. I didn't do to well on that.

As part of his on-air duties, Longfellow also did live commercials in the days before they were videotaped.

Longfellow also did a one-hour daily cooking show with a local home economist called "What's Cooking," which showed the preparation of a meal from start to finish. The money shot for the show would be the presentation of the completed meal. In 2004, Longfellow recalled his most embarrassing live television moment when, at the end of one of the cooking shows, he dropped a platter containing a steak covered with potatoes and onions that went "splat all over the set and the studio."

When he left work as an on-air personality, Longfellow stayed with KARK for decades more as a salesman.

In 2005, Longfellow received the Arkansas Advertising Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Longfellow went on to help create the Arkansas Radio Network and worked for Citadel Broadcasting at the end of his career. He was a top salesman for its stations in the market.

In 2004, Longfellow said, "I have very fond memories. I'm glad I'm still a part of it 50 years later."

There's no word yet on funeral arrangements for Longfellow.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Former Shreveport Met Lands at CNN

Former KTBS/Channel 3 Meteorologist Jennifer Gray has landed at CNN.  After a back and forth from Shreveport to Florida to Shreveport to Florida to now Atlanta, GA.  CNN announced Gray's addition to the cable news channel Tuesday. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Here KATV Goes Again..REALLY!!!

Wasn't BJ already the guest on throwback Thursday on KATV's Daybreak program?  Well, he will be back this Thursday.  Can KATV not find any more former KTHV anchor/reporters to bring on the program? 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Little Rock Reporter on Her Way to Ohio

This from the tip jar:

Lisa Hutson, MMJ for THV11 is leaving. Her fiancé Wayne Cross of 4/16 is going with her. She writes: "It's the home of the Bengals, the Reds, Jerry Springer and soon the newest reporter for WXIX Fox 19 Lisa Hutson. I'm happy to announce me & Wayne Cross will be moving to Cincinnati, OH this December to take on a new challenge. I have had an amazing three years at THV 11 and will miss SO MANY great people. This will always be my home. Thank you Arkansas for letting a hometown girl tell your stories. It has been an honor."

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Former Channel 11 Anchors Popping up at KATV

I am finding it kind of weird that all former KTHV/Channel 11 anchors seem to be popping up on KATV/Channel 7's Daybreak.  Anne Jansen is the latest KTHV anchor to pop up on the morning program.  Makes one wonder who from Channel 11 is next....Steve Martone?  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

KATV Bringing Back Former Anchors/Reporters for Sweeps

Has sweeps period started?  Here's what KATV is throwing at viewers on Thursday morning:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sinclair Swinging the Axe

This could be a sign of things to come as we get closer to the Sinclair/Allbritton deal being finalized.... TV Spy reports Sinclair Broadcast Group eliminated 30 jobs at stations KOMO/Seattle and KATU/Portland. The two stations recently became a part of the Sinclair family.  A deal is pending between Allbritton and Sinclair for the purchase of Allbritton's TV stations...which includes KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

KATV Brings New Reporter on Board

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired a new reporter.  TV Spy reports Marine Glisovic has joined the Little Rock station.  Glisovic comes to KATV from WICD-TV in Champaign, Illinois where she was a reporter, fill-in anchor and producer.  Let's give Marine a big Arkansas welcome!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Little Rock Station Partners With Digital Weather Provider

Arkansas reports KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock is partnering with WeatherNation TV.  The partnership means KTHV will be able to provide a 24/7 digital weather channel on its digital channel 11.2.  The channel will also broadcast on cable systems in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff and Conway. 

“THV11 WeatherNation extends our commitment to provide the most accurate and complete forecasts for viewers,” KTHV President Michael Caplan said in the release. “This is an important advancement in providing Arkansans weather information anytime, anywhere.”

Little Rock Station to Remember Former Anchor

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock will be remembering the Matt Turner family today.  Former KTHV anchor Matt Turner was killed in an automobile accident a year ago.  Channel 11's Dawn Scott will sit down with Matt's wife, Julee and mother, Lisa on what has kept them going over the past year.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Shreveport Reporter Arrested

KTBS/Channel 3/Shreveport reporter Eric James was arrested Friday afternoon obscenity charges.  KSLA reports James was arrested in Hamel park along with another Shreveport man.  No specifics are being released as police continue the investigation.  James was Channel 3' education reporter.  

Station management had this to say: "We have heard the report of his arrest. We are in the process of gathering more information and investigating the matter. In the meantime, Eric James has been placed on administrative leave."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Long Time KTHV Anchor Leaving

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock anchor Liz Massey announced today she is leaving the station:

Monday, September 23, 2013

KATV is Still the One in Little Rock

The numbers are in for July and KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock is the winner in all newscasts...except the noon newscast.  KTHV won the in the mid-day numbers.  Arkansas has all the Nielson Media Reseach numbers from July.  Here's what the news directors had to say:

“I’m very pleased with the July numbers,” said Nick Genty, news director at KATV.  Genty said he was particularly happy with the station’s 10 p.m. news, which drew an 8.7 rating and a 20.3 percent share, as compared to KTHV’s 7.1 and KARK-TV, Channel 4’s 5.1.

KTHV News Director Dave Parker said the station is working on the quality of its programming.
“We’re making deliberate steps to improve the quality of our product,” he said. “We’ve developed and added support to our news gathering and reporter base. The iPhone, iPad and Android apps are full of fresh content available as news happens. Our entire team is excited to see that Arkansans are counting on THV 11 News on the air as well as through the convenience of their mobile devices.”

Of course KARK/KLRT can't comment on ratings as they don't subscribe.  

KTHV Posts Weekend Met Opening

This will make folks go hmmmmm....

Friday, September 20, 2013

Northwest Arkansas Brings New Weather Guesser on Board

Brad Carl has been named weekend morning meteorologist and weekday morning reporter at KHBS/KHOG-TV, the Hearst Television Inc. ABC affiliate serving the Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas television market. With Carl’s addition, 40/29 News will be the only local television station in the market with four meteorologists. 
Carl joins 40/29 News from KULR in Billings, Montana where he’s been part of the forecasting and reporting team since his graduation from the University of Washington in 2011. 

"Brad’s addition creates the largest team of meteorologists in our viewing area and enhances our commitment to provide the most comprehensive weather coverage around the clock,” said KHBS/KHOG-TV News Director, Greg Shepperd. 
Carl joins Anchor/Reporter John Paul on 40/29 News Sunrise each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. On weekdays Carl will report for 40/29 News Sunrise, the market’s top rated weekday morning news.* 40/29 News Sunrise on weekdays features anchors Kelly Johnson, Derek Burleson, meteorologist, Laura Huckabee, reporter Jonathan Rozelle and Washington D.C. correspondent, Hallie Jackson.

KATV Dedicates News Studio

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has dedicated its news studio to the late Dale Nicholson.  Nicholson spent more than 50 years at KATV, three decades of that as general manager.  A ceremony was held Thursday night at the station.  A scholarship has also been set up in Nicholson's name.  Watch the video of the ceremony above.  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shreveport Weather Guesser Leaves

This from the tip jar:

Kevin Roth, 3rd string met at KSLA, has left the building for good. He reportedly has accepted a similar position in Dallas.

Friday, September 13, 2013

THV'ers on the Move

This from the  tip box:

Jessica Duff announces she is leaving THV and going to work for The Source 93.3. MMJ Max Siegel is also leaving. So is producer Stephen O.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Nexstar Moves High School Football Show to KLRT

As reported on this blog months ago, high school football show Fearless Friday is moving to KLRT/Channel 16/Little Rock.  The show in years past has been broadcast statewide on KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock.  "Fearless" will be hosted by KLRT Sports Director Wes Moore with a 30 minute version at 9:30pm featuring live reports from games in Central Arkansas then at 10:30pm the program will cover games statewide.  The 10:30pm edition will also be broadcast on Fox 24 in Northwest Arkansas. 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

KATV Welcomes New Reporter Home

Meet KATV's newest reporter, Alicia Dover.  KATV anchor Christina Munoz sat down with the Arkansas native to find out a little about her. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired a new multi-media journalist.  Matt Mershon twitted the announcement yesterday:

Mershon comes to Little Rock from WTVO/Rockford, IL.  Mershon starts in September.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Met Leaves Northwest Arkansas

KHBS/KHOG/Channel 40/29 Meterologist Brittany Bell has left the station.  Bell has joined WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi.  Bell had been at the Northwest Arkansas stations since 2012. 

Hat tip TV Spy

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

KARK Names New Co-anchor of Arkansas Today

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock has named a new co-anchor for Arkansas Today.  Aaron Nolan is returning to KARK as a co-anchor of the noon newscast.  Nolan spent four years at KARK as a sports anchor years ago.  Nolan is married to newly named evening co-anchor Ashley Ketz.

New KARK Anchor Named

This didn't take long.  KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock has already named a replacement for Jessica Dean who is headed to Philadelphia:

Ashley Ketz is returning home to Arkansas as the new evening co-anchor of KARK 4 News in Little Rock. The Batesville native will anchor the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts alongside Bob Clausen beginning in September. Ketz is currently an evening anchor at Nexstar Broadcasting’s KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri.

“We couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Ashley home to Arkansas,” said KARK News Director Austin Kellerman. “Ashley has done a standout job since joining Nexstar Broadcasting’s station in Springfield. It’s a natural transition for her to return home and help lead our team in Little Rock.”

Monday, August 19, 2013

Arkansas Native Joins KATV

TV Spy reports Elicia Dover is joining KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock as a reporter.  Dover comes to Little Rock from ABC News where she is a video journalist. Dover grew up in the Bryant area.  Dover comes on board in September. 

KARK Anchor Moving on...Movin' Up

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock anchor Jessica Dean is leaving.  Dean is leaving Little Rock for Philadelphia's CBS 3 where she will be co-anchoring the evening newscasts with Arkansas native Chris May.  Her final  newscast on KARK will be Sunday, September 8. Philadelphia is the 4th largest news market in the U.S. 

In the news release Dean had this to say:  “It has been a joy to tell the stories of my home state,” said Dean. “During my time here, I've seen how many big-hearted, kind people make up Arkansas. Together we've seen the best and the worst of life. It's been my honor to share these experiences with our viewers.”

Dean joined KARK as evening news anchor in 2011.  Before that she worked for KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

THV Anchor Calls it Quits

Long time KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock anchor/reporter Stefanie Bryant has left.  Her last day at the station was Tuesday, August 13th.  It's not known what her future plans are.  Bryant had been the anchor for the Noon newscast and the 9am newscast. She joined KTHV in April 2003.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Raycom Stations Return to Dish

Broadcasting and Cable reports Raycom and Dish Network have reached a retransmission agreement.  The deal was reached Friday night and Raycoms stations in 36 markets have returned to Dish subscribers. 

Friday, August 09, 2013

KATV Reporter Lands on the West Coast

KATV reporter Matt Johnson has left.  TV Spy reports Johnson has joined KFMB in San Diego, CA as a reporter.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Former KTBS Sports Director Now Doing Print

From the tip jar:

Former KTBS Sports Director Tim Fletcher is now reporting sports for The Shreveport Times.   If you will remember Fletcher left KTBS in March to spend more time with family.  Fletch still produces his radio show. 

Friday, August 02, 2013

Monroe Met Gets the Boot

From the tip jar:

Monroe/El Dorado Meteorologist Tom Pearson, who's worked since the early 90's at both KTVE and KNOE, was let go by Hoak-owned KNOE yesterday. He recently got his real estate license and guess Hoak brass didn't cotton to his new gig.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

KTBS Gets New Marketing Head

This from the tip box:

Looks like Katharyn Howe DeVille is leaving Belo for the Marketing Director position at KTBS...

Shreveport Station in Retrans Spat with Dish

Ah yea, the end of another quarter means retransmission agreements are ending for a lot of cable companies/sat providers.  KSLA/Channel 12/Shreveport is warning its viewers it may not be available come tomorrow on Dish Network.  One has to love how it all works out in the end though.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Source: KATV Allbritton Communications has officially sold its TV broadcasting properties to Sinclair Broadcast Group.  The price: $985 million.  The sale includes:
  • WJLA: Washington, DC
  • WBMA/WCFT/WJSU: Birmingham, Ala.
  • WHTM: Harrisburg, Pa.
  • KATV: Little Rock, Ark.
  • KTUL: Tulsa, Okla.
  • WSET: Roanoke, Va.
  • WCIV: Charleston, S.C. 
KATV  includes this statement: "As a note to our viewers, KATV wants to emphasize that this is only a behind-the-scenes business matter happening at the corporate level. KATV will continue to bring you the best local news, weather and sports coverage you have counted on us to provide for more than 50 years."

The article says the deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rumors Alive in Allbritton Sale

Rumors and speculation is running wild in just what entity will be buying up the Allbritton Communications properties.   Here are just a number of them making the rounds on the blog DCRTV:

** All stations are likely to go to one owner due to tax considerations.

***ABC/Disney not buying WJLA/Channel 7/DC.  It's speculation ABC/Disney doesn't want the other smaller Allbritton properties.

***  Is the sale between Tribune and Sinclair? Hearst?  Hearst was touring WJLA last week.  Could be who knows!

According to information I've seen on the web there is no timetable for Allbritton to announce the winner bidder...if one even exists.  I guess we are gonna have to wait and see!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

KAIT to Welcome Back Former Weather Guesser

Former KAIT/Channel 8/Jonesboro Meteorologist Justin Logan is on his way back.  Logan made the announcement on his Facebook page:

Jonesboro Weather Guesser Leaving

KAIT/Channel 8/Jonesboro Meteorologist Sarah Tipton is leaving.  She made the announcement on her Facebook page:

Friday, July 19, 2013

Manley Leaves KARK/KLRT

Marci Manley has left KARK/KLRT. Manley came to Little Rock from KNWA in September 2011.  She leaves the news biz for a job with the American Red Cross.  Here's a message Manley left on her facebook page:

Rumors Abound in Looming Allbritton Sale

Could Nexstar be willing to sale KARK to get its hands on KATV?  Well it could be the plan. Days ago NBC execs were in town visiting the station and rumor has it Nexstar could be selling the station so it can get it hands on the Little Rock market leader KATV.  KATV along with all other Allbritton tv properties are up for sale and coming on Monday we will find out just who is bidding for the stations.  TV Newscheck reports there will likely be two bidders.  WJLA/Channel 7/Washington DC will likely be sold separately as it is Allbritton's biggest broadcast property.  

TV Newscheck speculates, "Other possible bidders for Allbritton (possibly including WJLA), are Sinclair, Nexstar, Hearst, LIN, Meredith, Raycom, Scripps and Tribune. A key consideration is the duopoly potential in Allbritton's other markets: Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 42), Harrisburg, Pa. (DMA 43), Little Rock, Ark. (DMA 56), Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 59), Roanoke, Va. (DMA 68), and Charleston, S.C. (DMA 98). "

We will have to wait and see, it should be interesting.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Little Rock Reporter Comments on Leaving KATV

Roger Susanin is leaving KATV/Channel 7/ tomorrow.  Roger had this to say on his facebook page:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Music City HERE WE GO....

This from the tip jar:

Roger Susanin and Nathan Furniss (photojournalist) are leaving Channel 7 for Nashville, TN.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fearless Friday Moving to KLRT

From the tip jar:

Starting Friday, September 6, "Fearless Friday", a local high school football program in the Little Rock television market, is moving to KLRT "FOX16" from sister station KARK. The program will air Friday nights at 9:30 and 10:30 in the fall with    FOX16 Sports Director Wess Moore.

Jonesboro Station Celebrating Half A Century of Broadcasting

KAIT/Channel 8/Jonesboro is celebrating its 50th year in broadcasting.  KAIT signed on on July 15, 1963.  KAIT is an ABC affiliate serving vierwers in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. has a special anniversary section filled with highlights from past years. 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

NWA Station Names Weekend Anchor Team

Source:KHBS/KHOG Ben Wagner and Paige Preusse have been named weekend evening co-anchors at KHBS/KHOG-TV, the Hearst Television Inc ABC and CW affiliates serving the Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas television market,

Wagner has been reporting for 40/29 News since August 2012 while Preusse joins 40/29 News from WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana where she anchored, reported and produced.

“In a short time Ben has proven to be a great story teller, and his move to the weekend evening anchor desk will enhance our ability to connect with the weekend viewer,” said KHBS/KHOG-TV News Director, Greg Shepperd. “An accomplished journalist and skilled live broadcaster, Paige is a great fit for the weekend evening newscast,” added Shepperd.

Wagner and Preusse will co-anchor 40/29 News at 6:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (on sister station The Arkansas CW) and 10:00p.m. on Saturdays and 40/29 News at 5:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Sundays. They will also report LIVE. LOCAL. LATE BREAKING. news on-air and on the station’s digital platforms throughout the week.

Monday, July 01, 2013

KLRT Welcomes New Weekend Anchor

KLRT/Channel 16/Little Rock welcomed a new weekend anchor to the desk this weekend.  Susanne Brunner joins KLRT from CBS 13 in Sacramento, CA.  She can be seen each weekend anchoring alongside Meteorologist Natalie Walters and Jason Snavely.

KARK Welcoming Viewers Home

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock has started airing a new promo featuring memories from the past.  The promo is entitled "Home" and features pictures from the past, anchors and events and present on air personalities.  The promo is meant to promote "Local news that matters".  Watch the promo HERE.


KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith has a new owner.  It was announced today The Tribune Company has purchased KFSM and KXNW from Local TV Holdings LLC.  The two companies announced the deal today.  Once the deal is said and done Tribune will own 42 stations making it the largest commercial tv station owner.  KFSM has more on the announcement on its website.

KATV Once Again Tops in the Rock

The May sweeps numbers are in...and KATV/Little Rock/Channel 7 is the leader.  KATV won all but one time slot this go around..with that being the 5am time period.  KATV news director Nick Gentry told,  “We’re looking at that. If you look hard at it, you’ll see something a little bit strange about how our numbers all of a sudden just jump up at 6 a.m.”  Arkansas has the complete run down of the numbers.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Nexstar Wants More

Nexstar Broadcasting is wanting to acquire even more stations.  According to an article from Reuters the broadcaster could spend up to 650 million dollars on acquisitions over the next several years.  According to the article its next target could be stations run by Local TV LLC.  Nexstar head Perry Sook told Reuters, "At the right price I think we would be interested in a number of those assets but certainly not all."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NWA Reporter to Weather the Storm Again

Well it's true, the reporter who quit KHBS/KHOG/Fort Smith after being assigned to cover the aftermath of severe storms has been hired at KFSM/Fort Smith.  Jay Plyburn stormed out at KHBS/KHOG after not being appreciated for and/or being assigned a dangerous story.  Not sure what he will be doing at KFSM..but please don't let him outside he just might quit!

Gannett Announces Purchase of Belo

Source: KTHV  Gannett Co., the owner of THV 11 and other newspaper and television properties across the USA and United Kingdom, announced Thursday that it is entering into a definitive merger agreement with Belo Corp., catapulting Gannett into the nation's fourth-largest owner of major network affiliates reaching nearly a third of U.S. households.

Belo owns and operates 20 TV stations -nine in the top 25 markets - and their associated websites.

The acquisition nearly doubles Gannett's current broadcast portfolio from 23 to 43 stations, including stations to be serviced by Gannett through shared services or similar sharing arrangements.

Gannett will acquire all outstanding shares of Belo for $13.75 per share in cash, or approximately $1.5 billion, plus assume $715 million in existing debt for an enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, represents a 28.1% premium to the closing price of Belo common stock on June 12, 2013.

President and Chief Executive Officer Gracia Martore of Gannett, said, "We are thrilled to bring together two highly respected media companies with rich histories of award-winning journalism, operational excellence and strong brand leadership."

Belo's President and Chief Executive Officer Dunia Shive said, "This is an outstanding and financially compelling transaction for our shareholders. It is also a testament to the tremendous value our employees have created over Belo's long history and to the strength of our brand in the media industry."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More New Faces at 11

A number of new faces have popped at KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock.  At least 2 new reporters have been hired at the station. They include:

Kevin Trager from KCWY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Casper, WY.

and Marlisa Goldsmith from KRBC in Abilene, Texas. Her bio states she's been with 11 since April but I don't remember seeing her until lately.   

Meanwhile their jobs page still lists numerous openings...including openings for an evening news anchor...and numerous producer openings. 

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Former Little Rock Managing Editor Headed to Atlanta

Former KLRT managing editor Shane Deitert has joined CNN in Atlanta, GA.  Here's the announcement:

Shane Deitert will be joining the CNN/ACC on Monday, July 8th. Shane is a seasoned assignment editor with a passion for news. Previously, Shane worked as the Managing Editor at KLRT in Little Rock. Shane has also worked at a plethora of CNN affiliates including WCIA (Champaign), KOAT (Albuquerque), KXAN (Austin) and KCEN (Waco). Little known fact about Shane is he worked as a communications specialist with the U.S. Navy in Newport, Rhode Island.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Shreveport Anchor Leaving

Long time Shreveport anchor Ed Walsh is leaving KTBS/Channel 3.  He announced his plans on his facebook page:

To my Facebook friends, this is one of the hardest things I've had to write since joining many, many years ago. But this afternoon, I tendered my resignation from KTBS 3. After 10 and a half years. I have been offered the most incredible opportunity to handle public relations/community relations for Caesars Entertainment. I'll be working out of the Horseshoe and Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. Words cannot describe what I'm feeling right now. I have loved every minute of every morning show. But there comes a time in your life when you have to assess what is right for you. I have chosen to start the trek down a new path. I want to thank you for your support, encouragement and love. The show must and will go on without me. Wendi and Brian will do a wonderful job, until Chrissi can return from her maternity leave. Thank you once again.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

KATV Making Some Changes in the Newsroom

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock is in the process of renovating its newsroom.  The station posted a pic of the construction area on its facebook page. KATV is still for sale as its parent company,  Allbritton Communications is looking to get out of the tv business.  No buyer has been found for some of the properties...including KATV. 

Sunday, June 02, 2013


KATV reporter Jeannette Reyes received an on-air surprise kiss while reporting from Riverfest last weekend. The video was posted on Youtube and Reyes says,"A 15-year-old boy came up and kissed me while I was doing my live shot at Riverfest, Arkansas' largest festival. My photographer chased after him and made him apologize. I guess it made for good television!"
H/T FTV Live.

Former KATV GM Passes Away

Source: KATV KATV is saying goodbye to a friend and leader.

Channel 7 chairman and former general manager Dale Nicholson died at his home in Little Rock Saturday night.

He was 74.

Nicholson began his broadcasting career in El Dorado at KTVE in 1960.

He came to Channel 7 in 1962, where he served as president and general manager from 1974 until 2009.

Nicholson was honored for 50 Years in Television by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences with the Gold Circle award.

He received an honorary doctorate from Philander Smith College and had been bestowed numerous humanitarian awards.

Nicholson is survived by his children, Kelli Miller and Nick Nicholson, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Reporter Leaves the Rock

Karoline Whightman has left KLRT.  Her plans are not known. She joined KLRT in August 2010

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NWA Reporter Can't Stand the Storm

A KHBS/KHOG/Fort Smith reporter quit his job last week following an assignment to cover storm damage.  FTV Live has the scoop on Jay Plyburn's abrupt resignation after being sent out to cover possible storm damage in the area following last week's storms.  In an email to coworkers Plyburn wrote, "Lightning was striking all around us. This was the single most frightening experience of my life."  "When the day was done and we finally got back to the station, it was business as usual. No managers had any sort of feedback...just a new list of things they wanted done."

Friday, May 24, 2013

NWA Arkansas Reporter Moving to Oklahoma

You know sweeps are over when main on air anchors start taking vacations...and when departure announcements begin.  With that said, KHBS/KHOG reporter Tony Russell has announced he will be departing the station.  Russell is set to join KOTV in Tulsa as a reporter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

THV Hires Weekend Anchor/Reporter

This hire snuck up on me...KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired a new weekend anchor/reporter.  Phil Buck joined the station this month.  According to his bio, Buck began his broadcasting career at the CBS affiliate in Missoula, Montana. He worked his way up from part-time camera operator to eventually become the station's Sports Director, doing play-by-play and hosting coach's shows for the University of Montana football and basketball teams. After taking a job in the sports department at the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he had the opportunity to cover teams he grew up watching like the Seahawks, Mariners and Washington Huskies, Phil returned to his previous station in Montana to anchor the morning news. 

Buck replaces Pam Baccam who left the station earlier this year.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

No news is good news huh... Well we find ourselves in sweeps period once again.  As I've said before all the special investigations..exclusives...and contests never surprise me.  One thing can be said I can't see the stations doing anything new to gain viewers.  I often wonder if the stations have done any surveys themselves to find out what viewers want...or even potential viewers.  Do viewers tune it for a specific anchor?...Do they tune in specifically for the news, weather, sports?  Or do they tune to a station because that's one they've always watched?  OR to win a brand new iPAD?  One thing is for certain I always look forward to sweeps being over. Why not just do news like you do in non sweeps months.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

LR Reporter Returns to TV News

Lauren Scott has returned to KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock.  Scott left the station early this year.  Scott joined KTHV in August 2011 from KATV/Channel 7. 

For Sale: KATV ?

TV News Check reports KATV's parent company Allbritton is considering selling all its TV properties.  The article says  "its considering selling the group, among other "strategic alternatives.""  Allbritton owns:

WJLA Washington (DMA 8)
WCFT Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 42)
WHTM Harrisburg, Pa. (DMA 43)
KATV Little Rock, Ark. (DMA 56)
KTUL Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 59)
WSET Lynchburg, Va. (DMA 68)
WCIV Charleston, S.C. (DMA 98)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NWA Station Names Digital Sales Manager

KHBS/KHOG Sarah Landau has been named Digital Sales Manager for KHBS/KHOG-TV, the Hearst Television Inc. ABC and CW affiliates serving the Fort Smith and Fayetteville, Arkansas television market. Landau will oversee all local digital sales for, 40/29’s mobile platforms and all other associated digital properties.  

“Sarah Landau is a leader.  Her knowledge of broadcast and online advertising, and her ability to translate those opportunities to our team and our clients, makes her the perfect fit for this position,” said KHBS/KHOG-TV and The Arkansas CW President and General Manager, Brian Sather. “Sarah embodies our commitment to innovation and excellence and I have every faith this will translate into results for both the station and our clients,” added Sather.


“Sarah has already proven herself as a leader on our sales staff”, said Chad Happersett, KHBS/KHOG-TV and The Arkansas CW General Sales Manager. “Her customer engagement is excellent, and I’m confident as our new DSM she will lead our digital sales effort to new heights.”

Fort Smith Station and Cox Cable Fighting to the End

Ah yea, here we are again with a tv station battling a cable company over retrans fees.  KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith is in a fierce fight with Cox Cable.  The deadline is midnight tonight (April 30). Below is an excerpt of a notice the channel has on its website:

Cox will tell you we are asking for outrageous increases, but that’s simply not true.  In fact, just pennies of your monthly bill goes to pay for KFSM on Cox Cable.
Cox says they are “fighting for you”.  Fighting so hard that they seem to think you should pay $60 to $150 per month for dozens of channels you’ve never heard of and will likely never watch.
Cox also suggests that you can watch us free, over the air.

We agree! 

If you have difficulty, our friends at have several cost-effective options to help.  Providers like DirecTV and Dish Network, who recognize the value of local news, weather and information on KFSM, also have great opportunities for new customers.
Ask yourself how many times you’ve watched AMC, Spike TV, CNBC, VH1, MTV, Animal Planet, E!, SyFy, C-Span Country Music Television, Bravo, or BET in the last month.  Then tell Cox that you just don’t want to pay for the channels you don’t watch anymore!
Cox tries to scare you by using percentages to describe our disagreement.  Have they told you that they pay TWO THOUSAND PERCENT more for ESPN than they do for KFSM?
Cox and other cable  providers collectively pay billions for stations like ESPN, TNT, TBS, USA and Fox Sports, which is why you can’t watch many college and pro sporting events anymore unless you have cable or satellite.  We just can’t compete with these big behemoths.

We’ll continue to do our best to be your source for the best local news, weather and entertainment – and yes, we’ll provide it free, over the air.

But if Cox is going to force you to take dozens of channels you DON’T watch, the least they can do is make sure that you continue to receive the ones you watch most.

Monday, April 29, 2013

KATV Tops in February Sweeps

Arkansas reports KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock swept the February sweeps. KATV won every local news time slot. For the most part KTHV came in second and bringing up the rear, KARK.  KATV General Manager Mark Rose tells Arkansas Business, “We had an excellent book. “I think our continuity with our people, with our product makes a lot of difference.”  

You will find all the numbers HERE.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Man Attacks El Dorado Reporter

A KTVE/KARD/El Dorado/Monroe reporter was attacked Sunday night after leaving the studios in El Dorado.  The station says Brea Douglas was forced back into the building, held her down and showed a knife.  Two citizens heard the reporter screaming and came to help.  The station reports a suspect has been arrested and charged in the attack.

Hat tip Tv Spy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Nexstar Expands its Presence in the ArkLaTex

It's official, two more Shreveport stations will become a part of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group family.  Nexstar announced today it will aquire CCA Stations.  KMSS/FOX 33 and KSHV/MNTV in Shreveport are a part of the deal.  Nexstar will now have 3 broadcast stations in the Shreveport market as it already owns/operates KTAL/Channel 6. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KATV Weather Guessers Get a New Home

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has a new weather center.  The new digs debuted Monday.  From what I could see this evening it features a lot more computer workstations...and more big screens.  I am not a fan of a weather man doing the weather pointing to a an oversized tv monitor.  It reminded me of seeing the KTBS/Channel 3/Shreveport mets doing that years ago.  Ned did finally make his way over to the green wall.   

Also noticed KATV had updated its music...or maybe it's just been that long since I've watched Channel 7 news....

New Director of Sales Named at Nexstar/Little Rock

From the tip jar:  KARK / KLRT names Chad Beckham as Director of Sales.   

Monday, April 22, 2013

Former KTBS Reporter Keeping the Fire Going After Being Canned

Former KTBS Crime Reporter Chris Redford is keeping the drama going after being canned MONTHS ago after reportedly violating the station's social media policy.  Check out his latest Facebook post to keep the fire flaming: